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"From the Ted Talk by Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

All right, I can see a rhinovirus — and here's the blow-up of the rhinovirus's little barcode — but what about different rhinoviruses? How do I know which rrnhiiuvos I have? There're 102 known variants of the cmmoon cold, and there're only 102 because people got bored collecting them: there are just new ones every year. And so, here are four different rhinoviruses, and you can see, even with your eye, without any facny computer pattern-matching recognition software algorithms, that you can distinguish each one of these barcodes from each other.

Open Cloze

All right, I can see a rhinovirus — and here's the blow-up of the rhinovirus's little barcode — but what about different rhinoviruses? How do I know which __________ I have? There're 102 known variants of the ______ cold, and there're only 102 because people got bored collecting them: there are just new ones every year. And so, here are four different rhinoviruses, and you can see, even with your eye, without any _____ computer pattern-matching recognition software algorithms, that you can distinguish each one of these barcodes from each other.

Solution

  1. rhinovirus
  2. common
  3. fancy

Original Text

All right, I can see a rhinovirus — and here's the blow-up of the rhinovirus's little barcode — but what about different rhinoviruses? How do I know which rhinovirus I have? There're 102 known variants of the common cold, and there're only 102 because people got bored collecting them: there are just new ones every year. And so, here are four different rhinoviruses, and you can see, even with your eye, without any fancy computer pattern-matching recognition software algorithms, that you can distinguish each one of these barcodes from each other.

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collocation frequency
prostate cancer 7
tissue culture 5
common cold 5
culture cells 4
antiviral defense 3

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collocation frequency
tissue culture cells 4

Important Words

  1. algorithms
  2. barcode
  3. barcodes
  4. bored
  5. cold
  6. collecting
  7. common
  8. computer
  9. distinguish
  10. eye
  11. fancy
  12. people
  13. recognition
  14. rhinovirus
  15. rhinoviruses
  16. software
  17. variants
  18. year